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The results of our Pumpkin Coloring Contest

From the colorful to the cinematic, young readers’ pumpkins delight

We asked and you answered – 328 of you, in fact, answered our call for colorful pumpkins.

The annual Spokesman-Review Halloween coloring contest brought in an array of clever and cute entries from area children. The contest drew 54 entries in the 0-4 age bracket, 229 in the ages 5-8 group, and 65 in the 9-12 category.

The winners’ drawings are above. The rest are on display at Mobius Childrens’ Museum in River Park Square. Winners earned Mobius gift certificates.

Among the preschool set, Madi Clark, 3, of Spokane, is a winner for her colorful painted pumpkin. Judges noted her use of leaf texture, her ability to mostly stay in the lines, and great colors. Holly Hamilton, 3, of Newman Lake, meanwhile, emptied the crayon box for her well-colored pumpkin. Nicholas Erickson, 4, also of Newman Lake, earned a nod for using real pumpkin seeds and keeping the glitter glue under control.

In the 5-8 category, judges went to the movies, picking three pumpkins with cinematic flair. Kaelyn Peterson, 8, of Chattaroy, caught judges’ eye with her eye – or rather the eye of her Minion pumpkin, made from a plastic bottle top and a googly eye. Kaylee Winterroth, 7, also of Chattaroy, turned her pumpkin into Jack Skellington, complete with a lovely leaf detail at the top. Charli Thomas, 7 1/2, of Spokane Valley, recreated Cinderella’s carriage. It was creative – and judges noted that her glitter stayed on the paper and not all over the newsroom floor.

Among the older kids, there were some real beauties. Lenore Hartwig, 11, of Colbert, created a lovely cutout tree, pasted to a beautiful watercolor background, with sweet pumpkin and bat details. Sydney Wiyrick, 12, Colbert – a winner in the 5-7 category in 2009 – put a lot of time into her pumpkin. Judges liked her meticulous detail, great execution and use of nontraditional colors. Maggie Broadway, 9, of Medical Lake, went all-out with her cut-out cat and beautifully drawn pumpkin face. The layers beneath the pumpkin and the cat make the whole thing pop.

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